There is still time to celebrate the holiday season in one of Houston’s diverse theaters. Whether your tastes lean towards comedies, musicals, or dramas, there is something for everyone.
The Music Box Theater presents A Beatles Holiday Cabaret with the iconic music of The Beatles, and many other traditional and contemporary Christmas classics. Through Dec. 28. 2623 Colquitt. Tickets: TheMusicBoxTheater.com or 713-522-7722.
Catastrophic Theatre Company presents Clare Barron’s, Baby Screams Miracle. A catastrophic storm engulfs the home of a small, religious family. An estranged daughter blows in with the storm and between falling trees and flying trampolines, the family clings to prayer and forgiveness. Through Dec. 15. Midtown Art Center (MATCH), 3400 Main St. Tickets: CatastrophicTheatre.com or 713-522-2723.
Stages Repertory Theatre presents Panto Hansel and Gretel. Adam Howard’s take on a classic fairy tale follows the breadcrumbs into an outrageous reimagining of Hansel and Gretel as two selfish Houston parents pursue their dreams to be stars of the theater after leaving their social-media obsessed children in the woods. Through Dec. 15.
Stages also present Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play. This classic story of the last-minute Santa replacement for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade who claims to be Kris Kringle is adapted from the 1947 LUX radio broadcast by Lance Arthur Smith, with original lyrics, music, and arrangements by Jon Lorenz. Through Dec. 15. 3201 Allen Parkway. Tickets: StagesTheatre.com or 713-527-0123.
Main Street Theater presents Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The Herdman kids are disrespectful, they lie, and they even smoke cigars. Then they show up at church to participate in the annual Christmas pageant. Robin Robinson directs. Through Dec. 21. Midtown Arts Center (MATCH), 3400 Main Street.
Main Street Theater also presents The Wickham’s: Christmas at Pemberly by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. This story of Regency romance is back for the holidays as a companion piece to the delightful Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly — both a continuation of Jane Austen’s popular novel, Pride and Prejudice. Robin Robinson directs. Through Dec. 22. 2540 Times Blvd. Tickets: MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706.
The Alley presents Fully Committed, Becky Mode’s comedy featuring 40 characters brought to life by one man. Sam works the reservation line at one of New York’s hottest restaurants, where the best food inspires the worst behavior. Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner and featuring Dylan Godwin. Through Dec. 29, with ActOUT performance and pre-show party for the LGBTQ audience on Dec. 5.
The Alley Theatre also presents A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas. A family tradition from the pen of Charles Dickens, directed by James Black makes its annual return to the Alley stage. A family-friendly retelling of classic Dickens is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Through Dec. 29. 615 Texas Ave. Tickets: AlleyTheatre.org or 713-558-8887.
Ensemble Theatre presents Celeste Bedford Walker’s More Than Christmas, a warmhearted story and family, faith, and forgiveness featuring traditional Christmas carols and inspirational original music. Through Dec. 29. 3535 Main Street. Tickets: EnsembleHouston.com or 713-520-0055.
Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Snowflakes, sword fights, dancing dolls, and a Christmas tree that reaches the sky are featured in Stanton Welch’s opulent production. Through Dec. 29. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. Tickets: HoustonBallet.org or 713-227-2787.
Theatre Under The Stars presents Elf: The Musical. Based on the 2003 movie, this modern-day classic returns in an all-new production. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Through Dec. 27. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. Tickets: TUTS.com or 713-558-8887.
Hobby Center’s Foundation for the Arts presents Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull. The incomparable Dixie Longate shares her hysterical life-lessons learned after a hard night of drinking in this follow-up to Dixie’s Tupperware Party. Adult content. Dec. 14–22. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. Tickets: TheHobbyCenter.org or 713-315-2525.